Police Beat: Sept. 13

The silent treatment

A University of Arizona Police Department officer stopped a car near Highland Avenue and Fourth Street for driving without a license plate light at 11:45 p.m. on Friday. When the officer spoke with the driver and his 16-year-old passenger, he detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car. The driver refused to voluntarily consent to a search, but got out of the car once another officer arrived on scene. The officers searched the vehicle and found a multi-colored glass-smoking pipe under the driver’s seat with marijuana residue still in the bowl. They also found a brown wooden box that contained marijuana and a metal smoking pipe in the trunk. The officers read the man his rights and he declined to answer any questions, saying “I want a lawyer and I don’t want to talk to you.” The officers noted the man had slurred speech, dilated pupils and depressed motor skills. The man was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The minor was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and released into the custody of his father.

Peace and love and larceny

A UAPD officer responded to the UofA Bookstore in reference to a shoplifter on Wednesday. The officer met with a bookstore employee who had witnessed a man pick up items in various sections and put them in his pocket before going into the clothing section. The man took a keychain that said “Peace and Love” and a pair of specialty UA earrings. He paid for all of the items except for the keychain and earrings. The employee approached the man outside and the man was taken into custody in the bookstore. The man told the officer he had not entered the store to shoplift and that he had forgotten he had put the items in his pocket. The man was arrested on charges of shoplifting and was released at the scene.

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A UAPD officer spoke with a man on Wednesday who reported that his bike had been stolen from the bike racks near the BioSciences West building. The man said he had locked and secured his bike at 10 a.m. that day. When he returned at 2 p.m., the bike and lock were gone. He was able to provide the serial number for the bike, but it was not registered with Parking and Transportation Services. The man was mailed a victim’s rights form.

Stolen phone

A UAPD officer spoke with a woman over the phone on Wednesday who reported that her cellphone had been stolen from the UA Main Library. The woman said she had accidentally left her Apple iPhone unattended on top of a desk around 9 p.m., and when she returned 10 minutes later, the phone was gone. She used the phone’s GPS locator to map it to the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Grant Road. The officer responded to the area but was unable to locate the phone due to the lack of specificity in the location. The officer also tried to call the phone, but no one answered. There is no more information at this time.


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